Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Saturday Morning’s Alright For Fighting

In which the great Reverse Retro debate continues, and a familiar face continues to build hockey in Middle Tennessee

First and foremost, let’s give some love to Nashville SC on their first ever playoff win.

Regardless or sport, team, or league, a first-year team making this sort of run in their debut season is no small feat. And if my beloved FC Cincinnati braintrust happens to be reading this, idk...maybe take some notes?

Predators News n’ Notes

On The Forecheck Podcast Episode 10: Reverse Retro Review - Part 2 | On the Forecheck
Bryan, Shaun, Bobby, and yours truly weigh in on the Preds' new reverse retro jersey...wait, sorry Bobby, reverse retro SWEATERS...and debate where they rank among the best in team history.

Askarov named to Russia World Junior Championship selection camp |
No surprise here. The Preds’ (maybe) goaltender of the future has been tearing it up in the KHL this season.

Gardner Family Continues to Make Their Mark on Hockey in Nashville | Nashville Predators
It's awesome to see the Gardners still actively growing the game in Middle Tennessee (for those who don't know, Paul Gardner was one of the Preds' original assistant coaches). Also love the Centennial High School shoutout (C-C-CHS!)

Meanwhile, Predators blueline prospect Marc Del Gaizo is showing some pizazz during his junior year at UMass.

Other Hockey Happenings

Looking at the winners and losers from the NHL offseason | NBC Sports
The Predators are on one of these lists.  I won't tell you which one. (You probably already know which one.)

A Look at the NHL’s Potential Realignment for the 2020-21 Season | Die By The Blade
As Melissa points out, six of the past eight Stanley Cups have been won by teams in the Central Division. So buckle up, Preds fans, this could be a tough season.

...assuming there is a season.

Q&A: Willie O’Ree reflects on his journey on becoming the first black NHL player | Bardown
I had no idea O'Ree almost had to retire before even getting a chance to suit up in the NHL.  There's a lot of fantastic backstory about O'Ree's historic journey here.

2020-21 NCAA Preview: WCHA, part 1 | The Ice Garden
Gabriella Fundaro at The Ice Garden has done some fantastic conference breakdowns for the NCAA Women's Hockey season. She broke down the WCHA here...home to a couple of teams who might be contenders for the natty this season.